Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

Toi Derricotte Poems

1. The Weakness 1/20/2003
2. Family Secrets 12/19/2011
3. From a Letter: About Snow 12/19/2011
4. Market 12/19/2011
5. For Black Women Who Are Afraid 1/9/2015
6. A Note on My Son's Face 1/7/2015
7. Elegy For My Husband 1/29/2015

A Note on My Son's Face

Tonight, I look, thunderstruck
at the gold head of my grandchild.
Almost asleep, he buries his feet
between my thighs;
his little straw eyes
close in the near dark.
I smell the warmth of his raw
slightly foul breath, the new death
waiting to rot inside him.

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